Valley View

Valley View: Vertical Integration is Back

Richard Irving, a partner at venture capital firm Pond Venture Partners, considers the purchase of PA Semi and Montalvo’s technology assets, by Apple and Sun respectively. The big surprises last week in Silicon Valley were Apple’s purchase of PA Semi, and Sun buying Montalvo’s technology assets. Why…

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Valley View: Credit crisis and technology

Richard Irving, a partner at venture capital firm Pond Venture Partners, considers the impact of economic slowdowns, both in terms of VC investment and the prospects for employment. Recently, we finally had confirmation of what most of us have known for a while: the US economy is in a downturn…

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Valley View: Developments in the mobile world

Richard Irving, a partner at venture capital firm Pond Venture Partners, sees that making all the exciting consumer advances work together is a big challenge for the CE industry. This month saw the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, formerly known as 3GSM. Along with the Consumer Electronics Show…

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Valley View: CES - Interoperability still the domain of technical experts

Richard Irving, a partner at venture capital firm Pond Venture Partners, sees that making all the exciting consumer advances work together is a big challenge for the CE industry. The vast Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas each January is always a crowded, frenzied affair – hundreds of thousands of…

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Valley View: Do IPO numbers hint at recession?

Richard Irving, a partner at venture capital firm Pond Venture Partners, ponders how the Silicon Valley chip investors interpret the year ahead As we enter 2008, the chip industry hopes for continued consumer demand, since this has become the source of most of its growth prospects. Much of this comes…

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Valley View: US networks opening up

Richard Irving, a partner at venture capital firm Pond Venture Partners, says the walls are coming down in the US to allow any device onto carrier’s networks Unlike some European wireless carriers, their US counterparts have always ensured that voice and data traffic carried on their networks came only…

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Valley View: Innovators wanted

Richard Irving, a partner at venture capital firm Pond Venture Partners, says success depends on finding a balance between outsourcing and innovation Much has already been said about globalisation and in particular outsourcing and the loss of jobs to foreign competition. Yet in Silicon Valley we have the opposite problem…

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